Renovation of the Northeast State at Johnson City complex took a major step forward last week as College and state officials green-lighted construction work to begin by the project’s contractor.
A pre-construction meeting held Aug. 20 granted the Rainey Contracting company a notice to proceed with phase three building renovations to the College’s Johnson City teaching site. The Rainey firm can now move forward with the $1.6 million, approximately 38,000 square-foot renovation.
The contract calls for a 212-day construction period which ends on March 20, 2015. The meeting included members of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Shaw and Shanks Architects, Rainey Contracting representatives and Northeast State personnel.
The project’s first phase repairs the building’s parking garage area and renewal of the building’s courtyard area. Formerly the Washington County Justice Center, several former courtrooms have been designated for classrooms, multipurpose event rooms, and a debate center for Speech and Mass Communications classes.
Phase two involved replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system through the conditioned space of the building. S.B. White Company installed two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. The HVAC system was funded in part by a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant. The grant program funded a number of projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings across the state
Phase 3 of the facility’s renovation, classrooms space, science laboratories, computer labs, a learning resource center, and administrative office space. The College will also staff the site with personnel from the offices Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Support Services, and tutoring services to assist students.
The building is located at 101 E. Market St. in downtown Johnson City.